Making friends with the fear of public speaking

My pulse is racing The sweat starts My knees start to tremble The dry mouth kicks in. I try to swallow but there is a massive lump in my throat. I walk onto the stage and those sensations go into overdrive. For as long as I can remember I have had a fear of public... Continue Reading →


Teachers – Put your oxygen mask on first

Image source: Flickr There is a reason that you are required to put your own oxygen mask on first in an emergency. You can't help anyone if you yourself are incapacitated. Teachers are some of the most selfless people on the planet. We are constantly giving to others at the sacrifice of our own health.... Continue Reading →

Create the whitespace in your day

Image source: It's often not till we have a real break that we appreciate the frenetic pace that we live our lives at. Normal is high paced, stress-laden and tension filled. We bounce from meeting to teaching to email to reporting and everything else in between. Time as a resource is stretched to capacity... Continue Reading →

Take your learning to the stratosphere with flow

After about ten minutes of thought, I began to lose myself in the variations. It is a strange feeling. First you are a person looking at a chessboard. You calculate the various alternatives, the mind gaining speed as it pores through the complexities, until consciousness of one's separation from the position ebbs away and what... Continue Reading →

Take a walk and increase your creative output by 60%

Image source The following is the second post in a four part exploration series on the known stages of Flow as defined by the Flow Genome Project, an organisation dedicated to furthering the research on optimal performance and human potential. This builds on the extensive research of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. In my last post, I explored... Continue Reading →

Embrace the struggle and get into FLOW

"Flow is the state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it." Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - Flow The following is a four part exploration series on the... Continue Reading →

To-Do lists, live frogs and the Pareto Principle

How often do you slay your To-Do list? For many of us, our To Do lists are endless lists of items that we have no chance completing in a day (or even a week or month). But what on the list is essential? Greg McKweon, author of the book Essentialism, says we need to pursue... Continue Reading →

Easily create a TV studio in your classroom with TouchCast

Having a school run TV studio is a pipedream for many schools and for those that have one up and running, there is a tremendous amount of work required to get the final product polished. Planning and researching the content, rehearsing and taping the segments, setting up the designated space, editing, the list goes on...... Continue Reading →

What I learned from a visit to the best school in the world

Recently, I had the great pleasure of visiting High Tech High in San Diego. High Tech High is continually touted as one of the best schools in the world and was a feature of the education documentary, Most Likely to Succeed. It has long been on my bucket list to visit so a huge thank... Continue Reading →

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